Kidney-Friendly Fruits and Vegetables

Kidney-friendly Fruits and Vegetables

As a dialysis patient, it is very important to control your fluid intake. You are only allowed a recommended amount of fluids daily and that might be challenging as there are many foods that naturally contain fluids (e.g. soups, ice cream, ice popsicles, sorbet, coffee and tea). But did you know that there are actually fruits and vegetables you can consume without taking note of their fluid amount in your fluid allowance? Here is the approved list of fruits and vegetables below!

List of fruits that contain fluid but don’t count as part of the fluid allowance

Fruits are considered water-rich foods that will help you stay hydrated, but not all of them are kidney-friendly for dialysis patients who must keep track of their daily fluid allowance. The following fruits below may be high in water content but they are not included as part of the fluid allowance:

  • Apples (84%)
  • Blackberries (88.2%)
  • Blueberries (85%)
  • Cherries (84%)
  • Cranberries (87%)
  • Grapes (82%)
  • Peaches (89%)
  • Pears (84%)
  • Pineapple (87%)
  • Plums (82%)
  • Strawberries (91%)
  • Tangerines (80.4%)

List of vegetables that contain fluid but don’t count as part of the fluid allowance

Vegetables are high in fiber, but did you know that they are high in water content too? There is a wide range of greens to choose from and you can easily whip up a healthy yet wholesome dish with them. The following vegetables below may be high in water content but they are not included as part of the fluid allowance:

  • Broccoli (90%)
  • Cabbage (92%)
  • Carrots (90%)
  • Cauliflower (92%)
  • Celery (95%)
  • Cucumbers (95%)
  • Eggplants (92%)
  • Lettuce (96%)
  • Zucchini (90%)

Fluid management tips

Fluid management differs for every patient. Fluid intakes can be based on their body size, medical condition, the treatment they are going through and how much urine they pass out. Your doctor and health care team will let you know of your fluid intake and also provide helpful tips for you to manage your fluid intake properly. Here are some tips:

  • Avoid salty and spicy food, they increase thirst.
  • Reduce or avoid high-sodium condiments such as soya sauce and oyster sauce.
  • Plan your liquid intake for the day.
  • Stay cool with a fan – don’t overheat.
  • Snack on cold kidney-friendly vegetables and fruits like the ones mentioned above.
  • Consume only the recommended amount of fruit and vegetable servings.
  • Sip your drinks and use smaller glasses.
  • Freeze your favourite drinks into ice cubes.
  • Overcome dry mouth by brushing teeth or rinsing your mouth.
  • Maintain a daily diary of your food and fluid intake while keeping track of your weight.

There you have it. Going over the recommended fluid allowance can put your kidney in trouble. Thus, it is very important to keep the food you’re taking in check. Ask your doctor for a recommended list of food for kidney problem if unsure.

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